Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Protecting job applicants from their own stupidity

Most people have learned enough not to post damaging information about themselves online, but there are the occasional few who like to post pictures of themselves overdrinking or who like to ramble on incoherently. Maybe they complained about their boss or bragged about stealing from their employer. Now the German government is passing a law to protect those people from their own idiocy.
A new law in Germany will stop bosses from checking out potential hires on social networking sites. They will, however, still be allowed to google applicants.

Lying about qualifications. Alcohol and drug use. Racist comments. These are just some of the reasons why potential bosses reject job applicants after looking at their Facebook profiles.

According to a 2009 survey commissioned by the website CareerBuilder, some 45 percent of employers use social networking sites to research job candidates. And some 35 percent of those employers had rejected candidates based on what they found there, such as inappropriate photos, insulting comments about previous employers or boasts about their drug use.
If people are dumb enough to post damaging stuff about themselves on Facebook and leave it open to the public why shouldn't a potential employer check out that sort of information? Better to know such things before signing up someone for pay and benefits and then have to find a reason to fire them later on when their stupidity starts affecting their work. Apparently, the government just needs to be a national nanny to protect these morons from their own stupidity.